Why Would You Need an Infrared Roof Scan?


As discussed in our previous post, an infrared roof scan can identify areas of wet insulation on your roofs using a thermographic camera. Today, we’ll look at what it means when you find wet insulation on your roofs and why it’s important to find it early.

What Does Wet Insulation Mean?

Wet insulation indicates that the roof system has been compromised and is no longer performing its protective function. Roof leaks can take months or even years to manifest themselves internally. That means a compromised roof system can be costing you money before you even know you have a problem. Here’s how:

  1. Compromised Interior Building Safety: many types of insulation are comprised of, or have components that are organic. This can quickly result in mold growth.
  2. Elevated Heating and Cooling Expenses: wet insulation can no longer insulate. It becomes a conduit between the inside and outside, driving energy costs much higher.
  3. Compromised Structural Integrity of Roof Decks: prolonged exposure to wet insulation can cause rot or corrosion to almost any type of roof deck – wood, steel, lightweight concrete, or poured concrete.

Finding Roof Problems Early Is Critical

An infrared scan can let you know that your roof system has been compromised before the onset of mold, increased energy expenses, structural deterioration or water infiltration. If the cause of the problem is located early enough, it can be remedied before it has a chance to damage the interior of the building or compromise the health and safety of its occupants.

The cost of an IR is relatively small, especially when compared to the cost of finding a roof leak too late.


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